© Reuters. Demonstration against the military coup in Dawei
(Reuters) – Myanmar’s security forces opened fire on Thursday on a pro-democracy rally by medical staff in Mandalay city, causing several casualties, media said.
Opponents of the February 1 coup to overthrow the elected government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi resumed their campaign against the army this traditional New Year week with a series of rallies. action and march.
Health workers, some of whom had been at the forefront of the anti-coup campaign, gathered early in the second city of Mandalay but the army soon disbanded them, opened fire and arrested some. tons of Mizzima said.
The agency said it did not have details on the casualties or arrests. The Burmese-speaking BBC service also reported on the persecution of the protest by medical staff.
A military spokesman was unable to be reached for comment.
The coup plunged Myanmar into crisis after 10 years of expected democracy, with daily protests and protest campaigns, including worker strikes in various sectors. The economy went into a stalemate.
The five-day New Year holiday, known as Thingyan, started on Tuesday but pro-democracy activists canceled the usual festivals to focus on their opposition to the generals. power.
The military says the protests are decreasing.
An activist group, the Association for Support of Political Prisoners, said security forces have killed 715 protesters since Suu Kyi’s government was overthrown.
The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday said it was concerned the military’s crackdown on the demonstrations threatened to escalate into a civil conflict, such as in Syria.
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